Today is a day that can be viewed one of two ways: as a grey, rainy, icky day that confines us to spending our time indoors; or it can be viewed as a wonderful opportunity to snuggle up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. I am trying to look at it as the latter.
My baby girl, has got the right idea though, she keeps following me around the house holding a book and tugging on my skirt. Needless to say, I gave into her sweet persuasion and we read a stack of books this morning.
For you rainy day reading pleasure, may I present my five favorite books that I read in the past month or so.
1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
So I know I am late to the party, but I only got around to reading the books now. As a teenager, I avoided them because I was afraid of the element of magic they contained. Now that my brothers and several other friends read them and LOVED them, I figured the time had come to see why. Also, I figured it would be better to decide way in advance if the series is something I would be comfortable with my kids reading. Short answer: yes I would let my kids read them, but I think it would be best to read and discuss them together. I found the magical aspect to be innocuous, (see this article by Regina Doman for a more extensive treatment on the topic), what bothered me more was Harry’s frequent violation of rules and disrespect for many of his teachers, but even that was more minor.
These two books were my favorites in the series. Rowling is a master of the page-turner, the plot is very engaging and fast paced, drawing you into the series and investing you in the characters. I have to admit that I cried at a few points. Don’t want to say too much more for fear of spoilers. Bottom Line: Go read them, if you haven’t already.
3. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith
I blitzed through this book because it is so darn good. I usually am a fairly silent reader, but I found I was vocal in expressing my agreement with the ideas as I read. I LOVE her philosophy decorating, even if I don’t personally care for her unique style. If you are a recovering perfectionist when it comes to decorating your home, or struggling with being content with your current home/ rental this book is a must read.
4. Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris
If you have trouble finding meaning in housework or chores this book is for you. It is a short, meditative work. I read it over a period of months in an effort to motivate me to do the dishes. I still am not fond of doing the dishes, but at least I have interesting reflections to ponder as I do them.
5. Minimalist Living: Decluttering for Joy, Health and Creativity by Genevieve Parker Hill
I snagged this book while it was free as a Kindle Daily Deal a few months back. Its an interesting read, though I had encountered most of the ideas before. For those who have not explored their relationship to their stuff, or why they keep things, this book would be a useful resource. It helped me keep my motivation for continuing the great purge of 2014.
Linking up with the ever insightful, Anne of ModernMrsDarcy.com for twitterature. Also linking up with Jenna of callherhappy.com for Five Favorites Wednesday.
What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!